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    Building a rainbow family: parenthood aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender diverse individuals

    Gato, J. and Leal, D. and Biasutti, C. and Tasker, Fiona and Fontaine, A.M. (2021) Building a rainbow family: parenthood aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender diverse individuals. In: Araujo de Morais, N. and Scorsolini-Comin, F. and Cerqueira-S, E. (eds.) Parenting and Couple Relationships Among LGBTQ+ People in Diverse Contexts. New York: Springer, pp. 193-213. ISBN 9783030841911.

    JG DL CB FT AMF 2022 accepted Building Rainbow Family 2021.05.06. Capitulo Gato (2).pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript

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    Throughout the last century and the beginning of the present one, multiple events have contributed to the legitimization of families formed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender diverse individuals (LGBT). First, the social roles of men and women have come to be seen as not irrevocably linked to their sex assigned at birth. Second, the civil rights movements, including the LGBT movement, played a major role in reclaiming individual and family rights of sexual and gender minority individuals. Third, reproductive technologies have allowed for the birth of children without heterosexual intercourse. As a result of the above-mentioned advances, same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting have been legalized in many countries and parenthood is nowadays a desired and anticipated life goal independent of individuals’ sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Through a narrative review, in the present chapter, we aimed to provide an overview of research focusing on the parenthood aspirations of LGBT persons. Prospective parenthood processes and their determinants were described for sexual minority (lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals) and gender minority (transgender and gender diverse individuals) persons separately, given the specific challenges these two groups face regarding family formation. Lastly, directions for future research were outlined.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Author Accepted Manuscript version of the chapter, reproduced with permission. The final authenticated version is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): parenthood aspirations, pathways to parenthood, sexual and gender minorities
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS)
    Depositing User: Fiona Tasker
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 15:24
    Last Modified: 01 Jan 2024 01:10


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